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Mid-Month Check In

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Good afternoon, Sparkfriends! Wow, the month is half over.

I've been doing well. I am still working to get back to the lowest weight I achieved in December before leaving on our European river cruise. I have two more pounds to go.

When I got back on January 1 I weighed myself (up 8 pounds) but then on January 2 I GOT BUSY.

Did I regret gaining eight pounds? Well, "kind of"! Who wants to have to lose eight pounds over again? But no, I don't really regret it. While we were gone I enjoyed every bite, every new food, every new experience.

So while I haven't blogged in awhile, I've still been around, spinning the wheel, commenting on blogs, participating on my teams. I've read a lot of blogs from people who were moaning about holiday weight gain, so I've been pondering that for a few weeks. My realization and conclusion is that I don't believe we should feel badly when we gain "special occasion" weight. After all, it really isn't the special occasions that cause us to be fat. It's the OTHER 95% of the days!

I know some will disagree, and we all have to do what works for us. But I don't want to be 100% compliant if it means I can't enjoy my life, or the special occasions that make it fun and worth living! It might mean I'll have to be willing to take longer to lose weight, and maybe even have to settle for a higher weight. That remains to be seen.

But something that's stuck with me is a paragraph in TINAJANE76's blog of 12/8/2013.

"Is training for that marathon causing you to miss your kid's school play--again? Does reaching your weight loss or body fat goal mean that you avoid nearly all social events, even with close friends and family? If your answer is "yes" to any of those questions, maybe it's time to reevaluate your goals and why they're important to you. After all, many of us set out to lose weight so we could feel better and more fully participate in our lives--not to avoid living them. Weight loss and successful maintenance take a lot of effort for many of us and that means making some sacrifices. But at what cost?"


It's a good question. For me, the vacation's over. I'm back doing what I always do: going to the fitness center, trying to get 15,000 steps per day, measuring and logging my food. Not only will I lose those two pounds in short order, but I've also reset my goal weight to 12 pounds less then it was originally. I'd love to weigh 124 by May 10, which is when we leave for our annual trip home to visit family.

But I know there has to be balance. Balance between finding my lowest sustainable weight and enjoying my life.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KANOE10 1/17/2014 8:40AM

    That was a good blog. You enjoyed your trip and are now ready to return to what you do, 95 percent of the time..stay on track and eat healthy! I am glad you enjoyed yourself on your cruise.

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DRADDIE 1/16/2014 7:46PM

    I'm with you on this!! I gained during the holidays but I knew I was going to and I knew I'd be back on track after it was over! I think having that game plan ahead of time is key! Way to go!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/16/2014 12:16PM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/16/2014 11:01AM

    Boundary management! Love it. Cause for some serious pondering, too.

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HIPPICHICK1 1/16/2014 10:42AM

    Here's to balance!
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NANCY- 1/16/2014 8:26AM

    Ah yes balance! It is that delicate place that can be difficult to find. Do we want to be extremists, nah! Sometimes we have to be 100% compliant or there are consequences, that may have to be part of finding our balance.
IN the end we must find our own balance, what works for us, I love the last graphic. Sometimes we have No Choice, so we may as well enjoy the choices we have.

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KENDRACARROLL 1/15/2014 11:41PM

    That's the way to do it! Enjoy life --- balanced. You've totally got this!

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SUGAR0814 1/15/2014 11:36PM

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MNABOY 1/15/2014 10:05PM

    Love it.

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KOHINOOR2 1/15/2014 9:54PM

    Excellent blog. emoticon You loose wt to live not live to loose wt. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 1/15/2014 8:39PM

    Oh, oh, oh, oh oh! I couldn't agree MORE! We must be healthy, fit, and functional to better enjoy our lives, especially those of us who are "more mature". What's the point otherwise? I feel the same about my sobriety. I got sober, attend AA meetings, sponsor other women, but not to the exclusion of fully participating in my life and all the events and occasions that involves. Healthy eating, sobriety, and fitness serve the purpose of making me a better participant in my life and in the world.

I'm so glad you had a wonderful vacation and I'm positive that your pounds will come off as you continue to enjoy your life and inspire us all!!! Thank you for your thoughtful sharing!

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TERI-RIFIC 1/15/2014 8:36PM

    Well, you know I agree with you and so does my balancing elephant. I'm planning on a difficult yet joyful journey, not the Bataan death march.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/15/2014 8:14PM

    It's nice to have a vacation with no regrets! Congratulations on working your plan.

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JANTHEBLONDE 1/15/2014 7:29PM

    Wow! I love your blog! When I go on vacation I tried to watch my food the best of my ability but if I gain a few pounds it's okay because I I know I had a wonderful time!.... And I will take those extra pounds off when I get home! I think you have an awesome attitude! You go girl!
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    Very good blog! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/15/2014 6:25PM

    Excellent blog. YOU know what works for YOU: and you're working it.

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AJDOVER1 1/15/2014 5:47PM

    Thanks for that link! What a great blog emoticon

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/15/2014 5:39PM

    What a great place to be bringing yourself to as you also ready for maintenance mode. We do all this for a better LIFE, right?!?

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GARDENQE2 1/15/2014 5:18PM

    What a great blog!
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